The Kansas Highway Patrol says blowing dust caused an accident that killed a man in central Kansas.

Thirty-year-old Brandon H. Stein of Great Bend died Monday afternoon in an accident on U.S. 56 about seven miles west of Great Bend.

The patrol says Stein's vehicle collided with the trailer of a semi-trailer truck that had stopped in the eastbound lanes of the highway because of visibility problems caused by the dust and other accidents.

The Great Bend Tribune reports responders reported zero visibility when they tried to reach the accident, prompting authorities to close the highway from Great Bend to Pawnee Rock.


The Kansas winds caused travel problems for drivers and cancelled flights for passengers Monday.

In northwest Kansas, US-83 in Thomas and Sheridan Counties from US-24 to the K-383/83/23 junction was closed due to high winds and blowing dust. Officials closed K-27 from Goodland to US-36 due to similar conditions.

Both US-83 and K-27 were back open as of 8:13 p.m. on Monday.

In central Kansas, US-56 between Great Bend to Pawnee Rock was also closed. Multiple vehicles were involved in an accident, including a Barton County Sheriff's vehicle. Blowing dust may be to blame for the accident.

Several flights in to and departing Mid-Continent Airport have been cancelled due to high winds.

A wind advisory remains in effect for most of the state until 7 p.m.